The Vasquez Rocks is perhaps one of my favorite shoot locations. So many options for amazing composition and angles. Unfortunately, you need a permit (expensive) to do any professional photography or video work there, ("Aint nobody got time for that"). I decided to ignore the no trespassing sign (What no trespassing sign)? and take a chance. The model and I were kicked off twice. The sheriff threatened to take my gear and lock me up. HA! But we snuck back on for a third and final time. We were able to finish the shoot without going to jail. The results were epic and worth it.
The rock formations were formed by rapid erosion during uplift about 25 million years ago and later exposed by activity along the San Andreas Fault. In 1873 and 1874 Tiburcio Vásquez, one of California's most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. His name has since been associated with this geologic feature.
The land and rock formations were acquired by the Los Angeles County government in the 1970s.
Vasquez Rocks was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 because of its significance as a prehistoric site for the Shoshone and Tataviam peoples.